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EL30EH: CLASSICAL EPIC (2020-2021)

Last modified: 02 Jul 2020 14:45


Course Overview

This course is your opportunity to study four of the most influential and gripping texts of world literature. We begin in the oral culture of ancient Greece, with the Iliad's stark meditation on war and death, and the Odyssey's consolatory reflections on divine justice, poetry and love. In imperial Rome, we see the genre transformed into a monument to political power in Virgil's Aeneid, then thrown into disarray by Ovid's irreverent anti-epic, the Metamorphoses. We end by considering some of the ways these texts have been exploited and adapted across the intervening centuries, in poetry and prose, art and film.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Syrithe Pugh

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Undergraduate Programme
  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4
  • English (EL)

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

Yes

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Course Description

On this course we will read (in English translation) what are arguably the most influential texts of world literature, and among the most exciting tales ever told. We begin in ancient Greece with Homer's two contrasting epics, composed orally before writing reached Europe—the Iliad's dark vision of human mortality, and the Odyssey's meditation on the enchantment of story-telling. Moving to classical Rome, we shall see how Virgil transformed the genre into a monument to imperial power, and how it is thrown into disarray by Ovid's fantastical and irreverent epic of endless change. We end by considering some of the ways these foundational texts have been exploited, imitated and adapted across the centuries, in literature, art and film.


Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Seminar during University weeks 8 - 18

More Information about Week Numbers


In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for courses may be subject to change. All updates for first-half session courses will be actioned no later than 1700 (GMT) on 18 September 2020. All updates for second half-session courses will be actioned in advance of second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

Tutorial/Seminar Participation

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 10
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Feedback

Oral and written feedback on all work will be delivered in sufficient time to be able to be used by students to improve their work, and it will be appropriate and relevant to helping students understand where they have both gained and lost marks, and how to improve their work.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Essay

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 40
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Feedback

Oral and written feedback on all work will be delivered in sufficient time to be able to be used by students to improve their work, and it will be appropriate and relevant to helping students understand where they have both gained and lost marks, and how to improve their work.

Word Count 2500
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Essay

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 50
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Feedback

Oral and written feedback on all work will be delivered in sufficient time to be able to be used by students to improve their work, and it will be appropriate and relevant to helping students understand where they have both gained and lost marks, and how to improve their work.

Word Count 2500
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Resit Assessments

Essay

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 100
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Feedback Word Count 3000
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ProceduralAnalyseDeveloped powers of literary analysis and critical argument
ConceptualUnderstandWill be familiar with some of the most important and influential texts of the Western tradition.
ReflectionEvaluateWill have a more rounded and nuanced understanding of the diversity and complexity of a genre frequently caricatured as monologistic.
ReflectionAnalyseEquipped to discuss the range of ways in which these texts respond to and help to shape fundamental social, political and religious ideas of their periods
ReflectionUnderstandWill have acquired knowledge of key concepts concerning the relation between aesthetic form and historical context, and have been introduced to different ways of thinking about intertextuality

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